AskDefine | Define embrace

Dictionary Definition



1 the act of clasping another person in the arms (as in greeting or affection) [syn: embracing]
2 the state of taking in or encircling; "an island in the embrace of the sea"
3 a close affectionate and protective acceptance; "his willing embrace of new ideas"; "in the bosom of the family" [syn: bosom]


1 include in scope; include as part of something broader; have as one's sphere or territory; "This group encompasses a wide range of people from different backgrounds"; "this should cover everyone in the group" [syn: encompass, comprehend, cover]
2 hug, usually with fondness; "Hug me, please"; "They embraced" [syn: hug, bosom, squeeze]
3 take up the cause, ideology, practice, method, of someone and use it as one's own; "She embraced Catholocism"; "They adopted the Jewish faith" [syn: espouse, adopt, sweep up]

User Contributed Dictionary



From embracer (modern: embrasser) em- "in-" + brace "arm" literally “in arms”; from Latin


  • /ɪmˈbreɪs/, /Im"brEIs/


  1. hug, put arms around
  2. italbrac metaphorical enfold, include (ideas, principles, etc)


to hug (a person)
(metaphorical) to enfold or include (ideas, principles, etc)
  • Chinese:
  • Finnish: omaksua
  • German: annehmen, umarmen
  • Greek: ασπάζομαι
  • Polish: obejmować
  • Portuguese: abraçar


  1. hug italbrac noun; putting arms around someone
  2. italbrac metaphorical enfolding, including


Extensive Definition

Embrace may have one of the following meanings.
embrace in German: Embrace
embrace in Spanish: Embrace
embrace in Italian: Embrace
embrace in Polish: Embrace

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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